Gambiance: Exploring New Roles of Light in Board Games Beyond Illumination

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Nieminen, Mika P.
dc.contributor.advisor Aliakseyeu, Dzmitry Zsiga, Bálint 2015-11-19T11:27:13Z 2015-11-19T11:27:13Z 2015-10-19
dc.description.abstract In this thesis we will present a study on using lighting to enhance the gameplay of modern board games. Informed by observing board gaming events and getting engaged on forums we learned that besides debating strategies and the game mechanics, another regular discussion is on how to create good environments for games and playing. Based on our findings we frame the design space of light extended board games and propose three types of roles that lighting could play in board games to enhance the gameplay experience: (1) ambiance support for decorative purposes, e.g. creating thematic atmosphere, (2) gameplay elements like thematic timers, and (3) game tools such as lighting objects that players can interact with. We designed a light extended board game prototype in order to evaluate several ambiance support and gameplay element role concepts. A Wizard-of-Oz test verified that players experience an enhanced focus using the light extended game. On the other hand, some ambiance support also distracted players. Thematic indications enhance sensory immersion, and randomly triggered elements can make the game more exciting by causing surprise and uncertainty, while reducing player effort. Finally, we conclude this thesis by discussing results and outlining future work. en
dc.format.extent 101+6
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Gambiance: Exploring New Roles of Light in Board Games Beyond Illumination en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö en Perustieteiden korkeakoulu fi
dc.subject.keyword HCI en
dc.subject.keyword board games en
dc.subject.keyword blended board games en
dc.subject.keyword ambient light en
dc.subject.keyword hybrid games en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201511205233
dc.programme.major Human-Computer Interaction and Design en
dc.programme.mcode SCI3100 fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Nieminen, Marko
dc.programme Master's Programme in ICT Innovation en

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